Republicans running for seats in the November midterm elections are likely to run on a platform that seeks to hold the Chinese regime accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic, said Solomon Yue, vice chairman and CEO of the political group Republicans Overseas and national committeeman for the Oregon Republican Party.
The resolution reiterated previous calls by former President Donald Trump. In June 2021, Trump said China needed to pay $10 trillion in COVID reparations to the United States, adding in December 2021 that China likely owes more than $60 trillion in worldwide damages.
Yue said a key aspect of the resolution is supporting efforts by Republican lawmakers to legally change the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), a U.S. law that insulates countries from being sued in the United States except in certain circumstances.
Once the change is made, U.S. lawsuits can move forward, leading to injunctions and seizure of CCP-owned assets in the United States, according to Yue.
If and when Washington seizes CCP assets, Yue believes China would take tit-for-tat actions, including illegally seizing U.S. companies’ assets in China.
The RNC resolution also supports the COVID-19 Victims Compensation Fund Act and the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the origins of the CCP virus.
“Once America succeeds [in] holding China accountable via reparations, [the] rest of the world will follow our footsteps,” Yue said.